Anticipation is running high at Executive Dodge Jeep® RAM for the 2019 model year. After all, two of our key models enter new generations this year. Even though they come from different brands, both share one interesting and important bit of technology in common. It’s called eTorque, and if you’re shopping for a new RAM truck or Jeep SUV, this is something you’ll want to know about. 

A recent introduction to the Chrysler family, eTorque is what’s called a “mild hybrid” system. Like the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid, it combines a gas engine with an electric motor. However, unlike the minivan’s hybrid tech, the eTorque found in the 2019 RAM 1500 isn’t capable of propelling a vehicle on its own.

Instead, an electric motor and storage battery take the place of the alternator usually found under the hood. This setup has a few key advantages. One is the virtual elimination of turbo lag, since the electric motor gives the turbocharger a bit of a head start. The other advantage, and the one from which the system gets its name, is the torque boost it provides.

The new RAM 1500 uses the same 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engines we saw toward the end of the truck’s last generation (for now). What’s different, and what makes this powertrain better than it was before, is that both engines get an extra helping of torque. In the V6 engine, that means an extra 90 pound-feet, and in the HEMI it means an extra 130 lb-ft.

What’s great about this feature is that the torque is added to the engine’s low-end output, so you’re getting more torque where the engine didn’t have it before. And if you were wondering about the torque difference between the two engines, it’s because the Pentastar/eTorque combo needs to be able to fit in vehicles with smaller engine bays than the RAM 1500, so the system itself is smaller.

And the connection to Jeep SUVs? ETorque will be available on the turbo four-cylinder engine variant of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler after making its debut in the 2018 model.

Find out more about these and other new developments by visiting Executive Dodge Jeep RAM at 406 South Orchard Street in Wallingford, CT today!